Retail Fraud Attorney Ann Arbor
If you’ve been charged or ticketed with retail fraud in or near Ann Arbor, Michigan, you need a criminal defense attorney who will help you fight for a great result. We defend cases at the 14A District Court, the 14B District Court, the 15th District Court, and at the 22nd Circuit Court. If your case originates at Briarwood Mall, or from a local retailer, get Hilf & Hilf, PLC on your side today for immediate legal action to deal with your retail theft accusation in the best possible manner.
A retail theft charge can follow you around for a lifetime, causing trouble when the case is long over with. In addition to jail/prison, strict probationary conditions, and fines/costs, a theft conviction can cost you job and educational opportunities. The bottom line is that employers do not want to take chances with persons with theft records, when there are many available applicants to fill job positions. Employment that requires licensing from the State (nurses, lawyers, etc.) also might be compromised with a shoplifting conviction. If you are not a United States citizen, retail fraud can result in deportation and the inability to return to the United States if you ever leave, depending upon your circumstances. When your freedom and way of life are on the line, Hilf & Hilf, PLC provides well thought out legal strategies and solid legal advocacy to help you fight for positive results.
There are several possible charges as it relates to retail fraud. First Degree Retail Fraud in Michigan is a serious felony accusation that carries a maximum punishment of 5 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections. This offense is charged when the alleged theft involves $1000 or more. This offense is also charged when the alleged theft involves between $200 and $1000 in merchandise, and the Defendant has a prior theft conviction. Another felony charge related to retail fraud is Organized Retail Theft, which also is a 5 year maximum offense. This offense is basically charged in instances where the intent of the Defendant is to resell the items allegedly stolen from a store.
Second Degree Retail Fraud in Michigan is a misdemeanor crime that carries a maximum punishment of 1 year in the county jail where the offense allegedly took place. It is charged when the alleged theft involves between $200 and $1000 in merchandise. It is also charged when the offense involves under $200 in merchandise, and the Defendant has a prior theft conviction. The least serious shoplifting offense is Third Degree Retail Fraud, which is a 93 day maximum misdemeanor offense. This offense involves an alleged theft of merchandise from a store valued under $200.Why Choose Hilf & Hilf, PLC For Retail Fraud Legal Representation?
- Over 20 years experience defending retail fraud charges
- Trial tested, with the desire to fight for the best possible outcome
- Immediate help to address your retail fraud case
- Return of telephone calls and answers to your questions and concerns
- Personal, caring attention given to all clients to address their individual needs
Attorney Daniel Hilf has represented persons in Michigan since 1996, defending misdemeanor and felony criminal accusations such as shoplifting. His skill defending retail theft accusations has developed over time through frequent litigation and court appearances, and he ready to work for your best advantage. Hiring the right criminal defense lawyer may be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself and your family, because you have one opportunity to obtain the right result to a shoplifting charge.
Criminal defense attorney Daniel Hilf provides solid, aggressive legal assistance for misdemeanors, felonies, tickets, and ordinance violations, including:
- Retail Fraud
- Drug Offenses
- Criminal Traffic
- Other Criminal Offenses
- Sex Offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Probation Violation
If you have been charged with a retail theft crime in Michigan, contact us immediately.